At least 10 people trapped in collapsed building in Jordan

Rescue teams of the Jordanian Civil Defense conduct a search operation for residents of a four-story residential building that collapsed, killing at least several people and wounding others, in the Jordanian capital of Amman, on Sept 13, 2022. (RAAD ADAYLEH / AP)

AMMAN – Rescuers were searching on Wednesday for ten people under the rubble of a collapsed building in the Jordanian capital where five people were confirmed dead so far, officials said.

At least 25 people were in a dilapidated residential building in Amman when it crumbled on Tuesday. 

"There are at least 10 people under the rubble … there are signs of life," said government spokesperson Faisal Shboul during a visit to the site in the Webdeh district.

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Civil defence rescuers worked through the night to remove collapsed concrete roofs and lift debris in a desperate search for survivors. About a dozen people had been evacuated so far, several with serious injuries, hospital sources said.

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Prime Minister Bisher al Khasawneh ordered an investigation as officials blamed the building's state of disrepair.